The tree is important. I looks like a fiberglass covered tree but it's what is under it that is important. If the tree itself is fiberglass, you need to carefully consider purchasing this. Not something I'd buy. If fiberglass covered wood, then it's likely pretty good. I think you will find the leather is quite dry. Something to do with the way the leather is tanned, not good US or Canadian tanned. It looks like semi bars and if you look around you can find a decent saddle in your size range that works for the horse as well.